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Hugo Southwell speaks at University fundraiser

London Wasps' Hugo Southwell was among a panel of speakers at a fundraising night in aid of the charity WheelPower at Buckinghamshire New University.

Southwell was also joined by Harlequins’ Ross Chisholm and former England and British Lions rugby coach Dick Best at the event at the University in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, organised by students studying BA (Hons) Sports Management and Rugby Studies.

WheelPower is the national charity for wheelchair sport based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the national centre for disability sport and the birthplace of the Paralympic games.

London Wasps have forged a close educational partnership with Bucks New University in an agreement that sees sport, education and business come together to benefit the students and the local community.

A range of London Wasps activities take place at the University, including the coaching of student rugby teams by a London Wasps coach, regular coaching sessions for students on the BA (Hons) Sports Management and Rugby Studies programme, plus guest lectures from senior management staff and players.

Southwell answered questions on aspects including his thoughts on the future of the game, the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and his predictions for the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations Championship.

He said: “London Wasps play just down the road so it’s great to come along and support our local university in raising money for such a worthy cause. We have been asked some interesting and thought-provoking questions and I hope everyone has enjoyed the night.”

Martin McElhatton, Chief Executive of WheelPower, said the fundraiser had been a ‘fantastic initiative’ by the students and thanked the panel for attending.

He added: “The money raised from this event will go a long way towards helping a lot of disabled children and adults and make a difference to transforming their lives. We are fantastically grateful to the students for organising it and to Hugo, Dick, and Ross for taking part.”

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